East Bengal beat Mohun Bagan 2-1

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

East Bengal bounced back after an early reverse to outclass arch rivals Mohun Bagan 2-1 in a thrilling, high voltage encounter today.

Kolkata:

East Bengal bounced back after an early reverse to outclass arch rivals Mohun Bagan 2-1 in a thrilling, high voltage encounter of the eighth National Football League here today. Youngster Ashim Biswas gave Bagan a surprise 15th minute lead before Baichung Bhutia drew parity for East Bengal in the 53rd minute and Brazilian Cristiano Junior struck the winner from a penalty seven minutes later in the fast paced match at the Salt Lake stadium. Notwithstanding the expected outcome, the match was marked by keen tussle for the ball in the middle, scuffles and heated arguements between the players leading to expulsion of Bagan skipper Renedy Singh and East Bengal rearguard Sur Kumar Singh as also six yellow cards shared equally by the rivals. East Bengal, however, had their purpose served as they culled full points to stand just three points away from their third NFL title - the second in a row. They now have 43 points from 19 matches, comfortably ahead of closest aspirants Dempo Sports Club, who have 39 points from 20 outings. Bagan, hovering in the relegation zone, made their task difficult with sixth consecutive loss and a mere 19 points from as many matches. (PTI)

Topics : Football
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